Friday, June 27, 2008

Keep Smiling!!!!!!!!!!

Interviewer: what is your birth date? Sardar: 13th Octob! er Interviewer : Which year? Sardar: Oye ullu ke pathe _ _ _ EVERY YEAR
Manager asked to sardar at an interview Can you spell a word that has more than 100 letters in it? Sardar replied: -P-O-S-T-B-O- X. Teacher to Sardar: Write your best friend's name in English. Sardar wrote: ' Beautiful Red Underware' Teacher: What? Sardar: His name is Sundar Lal Chaddi
After returning back from a foreign trip, sardar asked his wife, Do I look like a foreigner? Wife: No! Why? Sardar: In London a lady asked me - Are you a foreigner?
One tourist from U.S.A. asked to Sardar: Any great man born in this village??? Sardar: no sir, only small Babies!!!
Lecturer: write a note on Gandhi Jayanti So Sardar writes, ! 'Gandhi was a great man, but I don't know who is Jayanti.'
Sardar was doing experiment with cockroach, first he cut it's one leg and told WALK. WALK. Cockroach walked. Then he cut it's second leg and told the same. Cockroach walked. Then cut the third leg and did the same. At last he cut it's fourth leg and ordered it walk! But cockroach didn't walk. Suddenly sardar said loudly, 'I found it. If we cut cockroach's four legs, it becomes deaf.'
On a political rally sardar was arrested. Why??? A woman journalist was walking with a badge written 'PRESS' and he did it..
When sardar was traveling with his wife in an auto, the driver adjusted mirror. Sardar shouted, 'You are trying to see my wife? U sit in the back seat, I will drive.'
Sardar went in a hotel. To wash hands he went to the wash basin. There he started washing the basin. Seeing this, the manager asked what was he doing. Sardar pointed towards the board ' WASH BASIN ' ...
Interviewer: Just imagine your in 3rd floor, it caught fire and how will you escape? Sardar: its simple. I will stop my imagination! !!
SUSPECT ULTIMATE:::Chicken story (mind blowing climax)
A farmer rears twenty-five young hens and one old cock. As he feels that the old cock could no longer handle his job efficiently, the farmer bought one young cock from the market.
Old cock to Young cock : "Welcome to join me, we will work together towards productivity.
Young cock : What you mean? As far as I know, you are old and should be retired.
Old cock : Young boy, there are twenty-five hens here, can't I help you with some?
Young cock : No! Not even one, all of them will be mine.
Old cock : In this case, I shall challenge you to a competition and if I win you shall allow me to have one hen and if I lose you will have all.
Young cock : O.K. What kind of competition?
Old cock: 50 meter run. From here to that tree. But due to my age, I hope you allow me to start off the first 10 meters.
Young cock : No problem ! We will compete tomorrow morning.
Confidently, the following morning, the Young cock allows the Old cock to start off and when the Old cock crosses the 10 meters mark the Young cock chases him with all his might. Soon enough, he was behind the Old cock back in a matter of seconds.
Suddenly, Bang! ...... before he could overtake the old cock, he was shot dead by the farmer, who cursed, "Hell ! This is the fifth GAY chicken I've bought this week !"--

Child Development Stages

Child Development Stages

Growth Milestones - FIFTEEN MONTHS
"Whirlwind of Activity"

It is easy to expect too much of the 15-month-old child. They look so much different from the crawling infant of a few months ago that many parents think their child "is no longer a baby." And while the 15-month-old child is indeed a whirlwind of activity and curiosity, he or she may lack a sense of danger or fear. Your child will try to climb up furniture or put his or her fingers in electrical sockets. Your youngster will touch everything in sight. As a parent, you may not realize what all this means until your child has his or her first temper tantrum, ruins the carpeting or nearly breaks a precious heirloom. Parenting this age is indeed a balancing act, between giving your child freedom to explore while keeping him or her sage. The following comments are designed to help you and your partner enjoy your 15-month-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.
Development
The vocabulary for a 15-month-old is usually three to six words that parents can understand and an entire language that they cannot!
Will be able to point to one or more body parts.
Understands simple commands ("bring me the ball").
Walking has improved and will begin to crawl up stairs.
Can feed himself or herself with the use of his or her fingers.
Drinks only from a cup, but still may need help in holding it.
Recognizes himself or herself in a mirror.
Indicates what they want by pulling, pointing, grunting and other methods of communicating
Finds an object placed out of sight
Points to one or two body parts
Scribbles spontaneously
Growth Milestones - EIGHTEEN MONTHS
"Mr. No!"
Your sweet little baby has grown up into a toddler, entering a world of boundless energy, curiosity, independence and negativism. Having a toddler brings new challenges to you and your partner as parents. The following comments are designed to help you enjoy your 18-month-old son or daughter. This information not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your newborn's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your child's physician for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups

Development
Walks fast, walks up stairs with one hand held, kicks a ball.
Uses a vocabulary of four to 10 words and may combine two-word phrases.
Understands simple directions.
Points to some body parts correctly.
Shows affection by kissing parents.
Feeds himself or herself, drinks from a cup adequately and uses a spoon.
Imitates a crayon stroke on paper.
Holds and "loves" a doll or stuffed animal; may use a household-type toy (for example, a toy telephone) appropriately.
Will sit for a short time and look at pictures in a book. Turns single pages in book or magazine

Growth Milestones - TWO YEARS
"Miss Independent"
By age 2, your child is no longer a baby. He or she can run, has given up drinking from a bottle, and can feed himself or herself pretty well. Every day your 2-year-old says new words and does more things. In spite of these achievements, the two-year-old is still a baby in many ways. The 2-year-old is difficult, if not impossible, to reason with, but still extremely lovable. He or she will assert independence at mealtime, bedtime and during attempts at toilet training. Two-year-olds typically do not know what they want, except they are sure they do not want to do what you want them to do. The 2-year-old will struggle with his or her parents before going into the bathtub, then once in the tub, will struggle with the parents when it's time to get out of the tub. At times, the toddler will be a "handful." Sometimes it is tough to parent a 2-year-old. Yet these years do not have to be "terrible," and can be "terrific." Your child is simply moving from babyhood to childhood. The following comments are designed to help you and your parents enjoy your 2-year-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.

Development
Climbs up steps alone, one step at a time holding the stair rail or the parent's hand.
Jumps off the floor with both feet.
Opens doors.
Kicks a ball.
Can wash and dry hands.
Climbs on furniture.
Uses a spoon and cup well.
Asks frequent questions: "What is that?"
Enjoys imitating adult activities.
Two year olds often go through a short period of mild speech abnormalities (like stuttering).
Selects and uses a toy appropriately (feeds a doll, hammers pegs in a cobbler's bench).
Most 2-year-olds have a vocabulary of 50 or more words, although this number varies with the sex of the child (girls speak more than boys), if the child has older siblings (who will speak for him or her) or if two languages are spoken in the house.
Growth Milestones - THREE YEARS
"Goodbye Babyhood, Hello Childhood"
While rearing a child at any age is no snap, things should get easier during the third year. Most 3-year-olds can be reasoned with. They will take turns and may even share toys. A child in this age group will help the parents get him or her dressed. Most are toilet trained during the day, although it is common for an occasional "accident" while busy playing. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitante to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the three year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.
Development
Can name pictures in a book.
Names at least one color.
Knows his or her own name, age and sex.
Begins to use pronouns.
Able to put on his or her own shirt, but will need help with shoes and buttons.
May be able to ride a tricycle.
Can jump in place and stand briefly on one foot.
Can (unfortunately! ) open doors.
More than 50 percent of the child's speech is intelligible. There may be temporary episodes of stuttering during this time.
Understands such words as "cold," "tired," "hungry." Comprehends the meaning of "on or under", and "bigger or smaller."
Growth Milestones - FOUR YEARS
"Growing self-reliance"
Can you believe that four years ago your child was born? Boy, "does time fly when you are having fun." Now you know why your parents used to say that you were growing up too fast. Ties to your apron strings will begin to loosen as the 4-year-old develops more independence and self-confidence. Before you know it, it will be time to start kindergarten. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the four year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.

Development
Speech is almost always understandable.
Can usually count from 1 to 10.
Can walk on tiptoes, climb a ladder and ride a tricycle.
May name and match three or four primary colors.
Knows his or her own name.
Correctly uses the pronoun "I."
Children this age recognize gender differences and will correctly say "I am a girl" or "I am a boy."
Can dress and undress with supervision but still has trouble with laces and buttons. Children this age also begin to be selective about what they wear.
Holds and uses a pencil with good control. Can copy a cross, circle and possibly a square.
Can to draw a person with a face, arms and legs.
Engages in conversational "give-and-take."
Can sing a song.
Talks about his or her day's activities and experiences.
Can identify emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety and fear.
Enjoys the companionship of other children; plays cooperatively and shows interest in other children's bodies.

"Leaving the Nest"
Your 5-year-old is about to begin "real" school for the first time. Your child changes from a little one, protected by home, to a kindergartner, with the demands of a new school and new expectations. Children this age need approval, praise and encouragement. They want to please and are proud of their work.

School Readiness
Is my child ready for kindergarten? Should you send your child with a late summer or fall birthday to kindergarten, or should you wait another year? These are some of the questions parents of 5-year-olds ask themselves. Ideally, kindergarten should be ready for the child rather than getting the child ready for kindergarten. Use the following to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.
Good physical health, can see and hear well and visits the doctor and dentist regularly.
Has self-care skills (dressing, feeding, washing, manages bathroom needs).
Follows directions and rules. Pays attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks.
Able to work independently for short periods.
Tolerates frustration and failure.
Knows his or her full name as well as the name of his or her parents.
Easily makes changes and accepts adult supervision and help.
Able to play in small groups with other children.
Begins to share with others.
Listens to stories without interrupting.
Recognizes rhyming sounds.
Speaks clearly with age-appropriate language skills;Talks in complete sentences of five to six words.
Understands that actions have both causes and effects.
Shows understanding of general times of the day.
Cuts with scissors.
Holds crayon or marker; has a collection of paper, pencils, crayons.
Separates from parents without being upset.
Looks at pictures and then tells stories.
Is able to recognize authority.
Identifies some alphabet letters and most colors.
Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers.
Begins to control himself or herself.
Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four and five objects.
Sorts similar objects by color, size and shape.
Recognizes some common sight words like "stop."
Counts to 10.
Uses words like bigger, smaller or heaviest to show comparison.
Rides a tricycle.
Draws a picture of herself or himself including head, body, arms and legs.
Knows her or his body parts.
Understands concepts such as: in, out, under, on, off, front and back.
Follows through when you give him or her one or two directions.
Attempts to write his or her name.

Development
Skips, can walk on tiptoes and jumps forward.
Throws a ball overhand.
Washes and dries hands and brushes teeth unassisted.
Can cut and paste.
Can name four or five colors.
Can state his or her age.
Has a vocabulary of six to eight word sentences.
Can tell a simple story.
Can dress and undress without supervision.
Knows his or her own phone number, address and several nursery rhymes.
Can copy a triangle from a picture.
Draws a person with a head, body, arms and legs.
Understands right and wrong, fair and unfair.
Understands games that have rules.
Engages in make-believe and dress-up play, in which your child may assume a specific role ("mommy or daddy").

Child Development Stages

Child Development Stages

Growth Milestones - FIFTEEN MONTHS
"Whirlwind of Activity"

It is easy to expect too much of the 15-month-old child. They look so much different from the crawling infant of a few months ago that many parents think their child "is no longer a baby." And while the 15-month-old child is indeed a whirlwind of activity and curiosity, he or she may lack a sense of danger or fear. Your child will try to climb up furniture or put his or her fingers in electrical sockets. Your youngster will touch everything in sight. As a parent, you may not realize what all this means until your child has his or her first temper tantrum, ruins the carpeting or nearly breaks a precious heirloom. Parenting this age is indeed a balancing act, between giving your child freedom to explore while keeping him or her sage. The following comments are designed to help you and your partner enjoy your 15-month-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.
Development
The vocabulary for a 15-month-old is usually three to six words that parents can understand and an entire language that they cannot!
Will be able to point to one or more body parts.
Understands simple commands ("bring me the ball").
Walking has improved and will begin to crawl up stairs.
Can feed himself or herself with the use of his or her fingers.
Drinks only from a cup, but still may need help in holding it.
Recognizes himself or herself in a mirror.
Indicates what they want by pulling, pointing, grunting and other methods of communicating
Finds an object placed out of sight
Points to one or two body parts
Scribbles spontaneously
Growth Milestones - EIGHTEEN MONTHS
"Mr. No!"
Your sweet little baby has grown up into a toddler, entering a world of boundless energy, curiosity, independence and negativism. Having a toddler brings new challenges to you and your partner as parents. The following comments are designed to help you enjoy your 18-month-old son or daughter. This information not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your newborn's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your child's physician for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups

Development
Walks fast, walks up stairs with one hand held, kicks a ball.
Uses a vocabulary of four to 10 words and may combine two-word phrases.
Understands simple directions.
Points to some body parts correctly.
Shows affection by kissing parents.
Feeds himself or herself, drinks from a cup adequately and uses a spoon.
Imitates a crayon stroke on paper.
Holds and "loves" a doll or stuffed animal; may use a household-type toy (for example, a toy telephone) appropriately.
Will sit for a short time and look at pictures in a book. Turns single pages in book or magazine

Growth Milestones - TWO YEARS
"Miss Independent"
By age 2, your child is no longer a baby. He or she can run, has given up drinking from a bottle, and can feed himself or herself pretty well. Every day your 2-year-old says new words and does more things. In spite of these achievements, the two-year-old is still a baby in many ways. The 2-year-old is difficult, if not impossible, to reason with, but still extremely lovable. He or she will assert independence at mealtime, bedtime and during attempts at toilet training. Two-year-olds typically do not know what they want, except they are sure they do not want to do what you want them to do. The 2-year-old will struggle with his or her parents before going into the bathtub, then once in the tub, will struggle with the parents when it's time to get out of the tub. At times, the toddler will be a "handful." Sometimes it is tough to parent a 2-year-old. Yet these years do not have to be "terrible," and can be "terrific." Your child is simply moving from babyhood to childhood. The following comments are designed to help you and your parents enjoy your 2-year-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.

Development
Climbs up steps alone, one step at a time holding the stair rail or the parent's hand.
Jumps off the floor with both feet.
Opens doors.
Kicks a ball.
Can wash and dry hands.
Climbs on furniture.
Uses a spoon and cup well.
Asks frequent questions: "What is that?"
Enjoys imitating adult activities.
Two year olds often go through a short period of mild speech abnormalities (like stuttering).
Selects and uses a toy appropriately (feeds a doll, hammers pegs in a cobbler's bench).
Most 2-year-olds have a vocabulary of 50 or more words, although this number varies with the sex of the child (girls speak more than boys), if the child has older siblings (who will speak for him or her) or if two languages are spoken in the house.
Growth Milestones - THREE YEARS
"Goodbye Babyhood, Hello Childhood"
While rearing a child at any age is no snap, things should get easier during the third year. Most 3-year-olds can be reasoned with. They will take turns and may even share toys. A child in this age group will help the parents get him or her dressed. Most are toilet trained during the day, although it is common for an occasional "accident" while busy playing. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitante to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the three year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.
Development
Can name pictures in a book.
Names at least one color.
Knows his or her own name, age and sex.
Begins to use pronouns.
Able to put on his or her own shirt, but will need help with shoes and buttons.
May be able to ride a tricycle.
Can jump in place and stand briefly on one foot.
Can (unfortunately! ) open doors.
More than 50 percent of the child's speech is intelligible. There may be temporary episodes of stuttering during this time.
Understands such words as "cold," "tired," "hungry." Comprehends the meaning of "on or under", and "bigger or smaller."
Growth Milestones - FOUR YEARS
"Growing self-reliance"
Can you believe that four years ago your child was born? Boy, "does time fly when you are having fun." Now you know why your parents used to say that you were growing up too fast. Ties to your apron strings will begin to loosen as the 4-year-old develops more independence and self-confidence. Before you know it, it will be time to start kindergarten. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the four year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.

Development
Speech is almost always understandable.
Can usually count from 1 to 10.
Can walk on tiptoes, climb a ladder and ride a tricycle.
May name and match three or four primary colors.
Knows his or her own name.
Correctly uses the pronoun "I."
Children this age recognize gender differences and will correctly say "I am a girl" or "I am a boy."
Can dress and undress with supervision but still has trouble with laces and buttons. Children this age also begin to be selective about what they wear.
Holds and uses a pencil with good control. Can copy a cross, circle and possibly a square.
Can to draw a person with a face, arms and legs.
Engages in conversational "give-and-take."
Can sing a song.
Talks about his or her day's activities and experiences.
Can identify emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety and fear.
Enjoys the companionship of other children; plays cooperatively and shows interest in other children's bodies.

"Leaving the Nest"
Your 5-year-old is about to begin "real" school for the first time. Your child changes from a little one, protected by home, to a kindergartner, with the demands of a new school and new expectations. Children this age need approval, praise and encouragement. They want to please and are proud of their work.

School Readiness
Is my child ready for kindergarten? Should you send your child with a late summer or fall birthday to kindergarten, or should you wait another year? These are some of the questions parents of 5-year-olds ask themselves. Ideally, kindergarten should be ready for the child rather than getting the child ready for kindergarten. Use the following to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.
Good physical health, can see and hear well and visits the doctor and dentist regularly.
Has self-care skills (dressing, feeding, washing, manages bathroom needs).
Follows directions and rules. Pays attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks.
Able to work independently for short periods.
Tolerates frustration and failure.
Knows his or her full name as well as the name of his or her parents.
Easily makes changes and accepts adult supervision and help.
Able to play in small groups with other children.
Begins to share with others.
Listens to stories without interrupting.
Recognizes rhyming sounds.
Speaks clearly with age-appropriate language skills;Talks in complete sentences of five to six words.
Understands that actions have both causes and effects.
Shows understanding of general times of the day.
Cuts with scissors.
Holds crayon or marker; has a collection of paper, pencils, crayons.
Separates from parents without being upset.
Looks at pictures and then tells stories.
Is able to recognize authority.
Identifies some alphabet letters and most colors.
Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers.
Begins to control himself or herself.
Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four and five objects.
Sorts similar objects by color, size and shape.
Recognizes some common sight words like "stop."
Counts to 10.
Uses words like bigger, smaller or heaviest to show comparison.
Rides a tricycle.
Draws a picture of herself or himself including head, body, arms and legs.
Knows her or his body parts.
Understands concepts such as: in, out, under, on, off, front and back.
Follows through when you give him or her one or two directions.
Attempts to write his or her name.

Development
Skips, can walk on tiptoes and jumps forward.
Throws a ball overhand.
Washes and dries hands and brushes teeth unassisted.
Can cut and paste.
Can name four or five colors.
Can state his or her age.
Has a vocabulary of six to eight word sentences.
Can tell a simple story.
Can dress and undress without supervision.
Knows his or her own phone number, address and several nursery rhymes.
Can copy a triangle from a picture.
Draws a person with a head, body, arms and legs.
Understands right and wrong, fair and unfair.
Understands games that have rules.
Engages in make-believe and dress-up play, in which your child may assume a specific role ("mommy or daddy").

Child Development Stages

Child Development Stages

Growth Milestones - FIFTEEN MONTHS
"Whirlwind of Activity"

It is easy to expect too much of the 15-month-old child. They look so much different from the crawling infant of a few months ago that many parents think their child "is no longer a baby." And while the 15-month-old child is indeed a whirlwind of activity and curiosity, he or she may lack a sense of danger or fear. Your child will try to climb up furniture or put his or her fingers in electrical sockets. Your youngster will touch everything in sight. As a parent, you may not realize what all this means until your child has his or her first temper tantrum, ruins the carpeting or nearly breaks a precious heirloom. Parenting this age is indeed a balancing act, between giving your child freedom to explore while keeping him or her sage. The following comments are designed to help you and your partner enjoy your 15-month-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.
Development
The vocabulary for a 15-month-old is usually three to six words that parents can understand and an entire language that they cannot!
Will be able to point to one or more body parts.
Understands simple commands ("bring me the ball").
Walking has improved and will begin to crawl up stairs.
Can feed himself or herself with the use of his or her fingers.
Drinks only from a cup, but still may need help in holding it.
Recognizes himself or herself in a mirror.
Indicates what they want by pulling, pointing, grunting and other methods of communicating
Finds an object placed out of sight
Points to one or two body parts
Scribbles spontaneously
Growth Milestones - EIGHTEEN MONTHS
"Mr. No!"
Your sweet little baby has grown up into a toddler, entering a world of boundless energy, curiosity, independence and negativism. Having a toddler brings new challenges to you and your partner as parents. The following comments are designed to help you enjoy your 18-month-old son or daughter. This information not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your newborn's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your child's physician for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups

Development
Walks fast, walks up stairs with one hand held, kicks a ball.
Uses a vocabulary of four to 10 words and may combine two-word phrases.
Understands simple directions.
Points to some body parts correctly.
Shows affection by kissing parents.
Feeds himself or herself, drinks from a cup adequately and uses a spoon.
Imitates a crayon stroke on paper.
Holds and "loves" a doll or stuffed animal; may use a household-type toy (for example, a toy telephone) appropriately.
Will sit for a short time and look at pictures in a book. Turns single pages in book or magazine

Growth Milestones - TWO YEARS
"Miss Independent"
By age 2, your child is no longer a baby. He or she can run, has given up drinking from a bottle, and can feed himself or herself pretty well. Every day your 2-year-old says new words and does more things. In spite of these achievements, the two-year-old is still a baby in many ways. The 2-year-old is difficult, if not impossible, to reason with, but still extremely lovable. He or she will assert independence at mealtime, bedtime and during attempts at toilet training. Two-year-olds typically do not know what they want, except they are sure they do not want to do what you want them to do. The 2-year-old will struggle with his or her parents before going into the bathtub, then once in the tub, will struggle with the parents when it's time to get out of the tub. At times, the toddler will be a "handful." Sometimes it is tough to parent a 2-year-old. Yet these years do not have to be "terrible," and can be "terrific." Your child is simply moving from babyhood to childhood. The following comments are designed to help you and your parents enjoy your 2-year-old while continuing to gain confidence in yourselves as parents. This information is not intended as a substitute for well-baby visits by your child's pediatrician. Never hesitate to ask your doctor for guidance concerning specific problems. This is the reason for regular well-baby checkups.

Development
Climbs up steps alone, one step at a time holding the stair rail or the parent's hand.
Jumps off the floor with both feet.
Opens doors.
Kicks a ball.
Can wash and dry hands.
Climbs on furniture.
Uses a spoon and cup well.
Asks frequent questions: "What is that?"
Enjoys imitating adult activities.
Two year olds often go through a short period of mild speech abnormalities (like stuttering).
Selects and uses a toy appropriately (feeds a doll, hammers pegs in a cobbler's bench).
Most 2-year-olds have a vocabulary of 50 or more words, although this number varies with the sex of the child (girls speak more than boys), if the child has older siblings (who will speak for him or her) or if two languages are spoken in the house.
Growth Milestones - THREE YEARS
"Goodbye Babyhood, Hello Childhood"
While rearing a child at any age is no snap, things should get easier during the third year. Most 3-year-olds can be reasoned with. They will take turns and may even share toys. A child in this age group will help the parents get him or her dressed. Most are toilet trained during the day, although it is common for an occasional "accident" while busy playing. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitante to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the three year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.
Development
Can name pictures in a book.
Names at least one color.
Knows his or her own name, age and sex.
Begins to use pronouns.
Able to put on his or her own shirt, but will need help with shoes and buttons.
May be able to ride a tricycle.
Can jump in place and stand briefly on one foot.
Can (unfortunately! ) open doors.
More than 50 percent of the child's speech is intelligible. There may be temporary episodes of stuttering during this time.
Understands such words as "cold," "tired," "hungry." Comprehends the meaning of "on or under", and "bigger or smaller."
Growth Milestones - FOUR YEARS
"Growing self-reliance"
Can you believe that four years ago your child was born? Boy, "does time fly when you are having fun." Now you know why your parents used to say that you were growing up too fast. Ties to your apron strings will begin to loosen as the 4-year-old develops more independence and self-confidence. Before you know it, it will be time to start kindergarten. In previous generations, moms and dads learned what to expect of their child from their mother, grandmother or another family member. Today, most families are so scattered that parents do not have this help available. Therefore, do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have about your child's growth and development during the four year checkup. This is the reason for regular well-child exams.

Development
Speech is almost always understandable.
Can usually count from 1 to 10.
Can walk on tiptoes, climb a ladder and ride a tricycle.
May name and match three or four primary colors.
Knows his or her own name.
Correctly uses the pronoun "I."
Children this age recognize gender differences and will correctly say "I am a girl" or "I am a boy."
Can dress and undress with supervision but still has trouble with laces and buttons. Children this age also begin to be selective about what they wear.
Holds and uses a pencil with good control. Can copy a cross, circle and possibly a square.
Can to draw a person with a face, arms and legs.
Engages in conversational "give-and-take."
Can sing a song.
Talks about his or her day's activities and experiences.
Can identify emotions such as sadness, anger, anxiety and fear.
Enjoys the companionship of other children; plays cooperatively and shows interest in other children's bodies.

"Leaving the Nest"
Your 5-year-old is about to begin "real" school for the first time. Your child changes from a little one, protected by home, to a kindergartner, with the demands of a new school and new expectations. Children this age need approval, praise and encouragement. They want to please and are proud of their work.

School Readiness
Is my child ready for kindergarten? Should you send your child with a late summer or fall birthday to kindergarten, or should you wait another year? These are some of the questions parents of 5-year-olds ask themselves. Ideally, kindergarten should be ready for the child rather than getting the child ready for kindergarten. Use the following to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.
Good physical health, can see and hear well and visits the doctor and dentist regularly.
Has self-care skills (dressing, feeding, washing, manages bathroom needs).
Follows directions and rules. Pays attention for short periods of time to adult-directed tasks.
Able to work independently for short periods.
Tolerates frustration and failure.
Knows his or her full name as well as the name of his or her parents.
Easily makes changes and accepts adult supervision and help.
Able to play in small groups with other children.
Begins to share with others.
Listens to stories without interrupting.
Recognizes rhyming sounds.
Speaks clearly with age-appropriate language skills;Talks in complete sentences of five to six words.
Understands that actions have both causes and effects.
Shows understanding of general times of the day.
Cuts with scissors.
Holds crayon or marker; has a collection of paper, pencils, crayons.
Separates from parents without being upset.
Looks at pictures and then tells stories.
Is able to recognize authority.
Identifies some alphabet letters and most colors.
Buttons shirts, pants, coats and zips up zippers.
Begins to control himself or herself.
Recognizes groups of one, two, three, four and five objects.
Sorts similar objects by color, size and shape.
Recognizes some common sight words like "stop."
Counts to 10.
Uses words like bigger, smaller or heaviest to show comparison.
Rides a tricycle.
Draws a picture of herself or himself including head, body, arms and legs.
Knows her or his body parts.
Understands concepts such as: in, out, under, on, off, front and back.
Follows through when you give him or her one or two directions.
Attempts to write his or her name.

Development
Skips, can walk on tiptoes and jumps forward.
Throws a ball overhand.
Washes and dries hands and brushes teeth unassisted.
Can cut and paste.
Can name four or five colors.
Can state his or her age.
Has a vocabulary of six to eight word sentences.
Can tell a simple story.
Can dress and undress without supervision.
Knows his or her own phone number, address and several nursery rhymes.
Can copy a triangle from a picture.
Draws a person with a head, body, arms and legs.
Understands right and wrong, fair and unfair.
Understands games that have rules.
Engages in make-believe and dress-up play, in which your child may assume a specific role ("mommy or daddy").

The Real Meanings

The Real Meaning Of Peace
"There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace। Many artist tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But ther were only two he really liked, and he had to choose? between them. One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful tower in mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds.?All who saw this picture thought that it wa a perfect? picture of peace.The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged? and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall.This did not look peaceful at all.But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest - in perfect peace.Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?"Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in yourheart. That is the real meaning of peace."

The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly with the working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, seated a old man with his 30 year old son. As the train moves by, the son is overwhelmed with joy as he was thrilled with the scenery outside..."See Dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful".This behavior from a thirty year old son made the other people feel strange about him. Every one started murmuring something or other about this son. "This guy seems to be a crack..." newly married Anup whispered to his wife.Suddenly it started raining... Rain drops fell on the travelers through the opened window. The Thirty year old son, filled with joy "see Dad, how beautiful the rain is..."Anup's wife got irritated with the rain drops spoiling her new suit. Anup: "Can't you see its raining, you old man, if your son is not feeling well, get him soon to a mental asylum…and don't disturb public henceforth".The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied, "We are on the way back from hospital, my son got discharged today morning , he was a blind by birth, last week only he got vision, these rain and nature are new to his eyes.. Please forgive us for the inconvenience caused..."The things we see may be right from our perspective until we know the truth. But when we know the truth, our reaction to that will hurt even us.So try to understand the problem better, before taking a harsh action."The Beauty of Life does not depend on how much Happy You are…… but on how much Happy others can be…Because of You!!!"

Golden Sayings

Golden Sayings
The Golden Sayings of Sree Chattambi Swamikal/Thus spake........

There is only one mind for the entire world

Thought should precede every action of yours.
Avoid boastful thoughts about your physical achievements and material accumulations. Contemplate over the ultimate reality of existence. That alone will give meaning to life
The whole universe is the manifestation of the one. The apparent differences between different objects are only an illusion. An understanding of this truth will lead to liberation and salvation.
Light a lamp; set a bowl of fragrand flowers before it; fix the image of the goddess in your mid; gently and tunefully chant the thousand names of Devi Lalitha. And no wish of yours will remain unfuifilled.

Vegetarianism.............Non Violence

Eschew eating the flesh of dead creatures.
Living organisms have been created to be loved, not eaten.
Vegetarians are perhaps not totally non-violent. But they are certainly a few notches above the flesh-eaters in the ladder of non-violence. spiritual masters have invariably advocated vegetarianism.
Non-vegetarianism distorts the basic character of man.
This universe is the manifestation of but one mind. Alienation between one mind and another mind is unnatural. The mind of man is in no way different from the mind of any other creature.
Love an insect, and it can be seen that it reciprocates.
Salvation is the ultimate outcome of non-violence.

Equality...................Cast system

time that we tossed those imagined differences between man and man into the Arabian sea .
Knowledge
Knowledge is as essential for human existence as food. Nobody should be denied access to knowledge.

Women

Supremacy of woman over man is an unquestionable fact.
Enslavement of woman is a manifestation of male arrogance. It is against all canons of justice and ethics. It is criminal, immoral.
Woman cannot be fettered by any power in the world. She is the symbol of the creative force and the presiding diety of the universe.

Rules for Being Human
by Cherie Carter-Scott
1. You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for the entire period.2. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life. Each day in the school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or think them irrelevant and stupid.3. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial and error, experimentation. The "failed" experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiment that ultimately "works".4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can then go on to the next lesson.5. Learning lessons does not end. There is no part of life that does not contain its lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.6. "There" is no better than "here". When your "there" has become "here", you will simply obtain another "there" that will, again, look better than "here".7. Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.8. The answers lie inside you. The answers to life's questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.9. What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.10. Everything in life is done ONE day at a time


When I Asked God for Strength
He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face
When I Asked God for Brain & Brown
He Gave Me Puzzles in life to Solve
When I Asked God for Happiness
He Showed Me Some Unhappy People
When I Asked God for Wealth
He Showed Me How to Work Hard
When I Asked God for Favors
He Showed Me opportunities to Work Hard
When I Asked God for Peace
He Showed Me How to Help Others
God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed
- Swami Vivekananda

२ friends

Two Friends

Two friends were on the way. As they were moving across the nasty place filled with prostitutes, one of them had a desire to spend a night indulging himself in physical pleasure. The other one was given this idea to which he denied, and told his friend not do so. They both parted, one going with a prostitute, the other with anger and resentment in his mind, decided to visit a temple and read a holy scripture. Along the way thoughts of comparison and how lowly his friend was dominated his mind. The first one, as he moved with the prostitute began to have resentment on what he was doing. His mind was engrossed in how great his friend was, who decided to visit the temple and read a spiritual book. He was greatly started t miss that. The other with the religious book in his hand and siting in the temple, was engrossed in the thought f his lowly friend. An earthquake struck claiming many lives, both the friends included.The officers from heaven and hell were busy with their work. The first one was taken by the officers of heaven, and could see at distance his friend being ruthlessly driven by the officers from hell. 'There must be some mistake', he said, 'According to what we were doing I deserve to be there and that friend of mine deserves to be graciously led by you to the heaven.''We are following the orders, and there is no mistake,' the officer from the heaven said. The first one demanded and explanation for what had happened in the heaven. 'Your mind was engrossed in how your great your friend was, and was on the temple and sacred text, while your friend's mind was dwelling in how lowly the other was filled with deep resentment.' came the answer.'Thinking of others as low and self higher is the door to hell.' the voice continued.
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२ friends

Two Friends

Two friends were on the way. As they were moving across the nasty place filled with prostitutes, one of them had a desire to spend a night indulging himself in physical pleasure. The other one was given this idea to which he denied, and told his friend not do so. They both parted, one going with a prostitute, the other with anger and resentment in his mind, decided to visit a temple and read a holy scripture. Along the way thoughts of comparison and how lowly his friend was dominated his mind. The first one, as he moved with the prostitute began to have resentment on what he was doing. His mind was engrossed in how great his friend was, who decided to visit the temple and read a spiritual book. He was greatly started t miss that. The other with the religious book in his hand and siting in the temple, was engrossed in the thought f his lowly friend. An earthquake struck claiming many lives, both the friends included.The officers from heaven and hell were busy with their work. The first one was taken by the officers of heaven, and could see at distance his friend being ruthlessly driven by the officers from hell. 'There must be some mistake', he said, 'According to what we were doing I deserve to be there and that friend of mine deserves to be graciously led by you to the heaven.''We are following the orders, and there is no mistake,' the officer from the heaven said. The first one demanded and explanation for what had happened in the heaven. 'Your mind was engrossed in how your great your friend was, and was on the temple and sacred text, while your friend's mind was dwelling in how lowly the other was filled with deep resentment.' came the answer.'Thinking of others as low and self higher is the door to hell.' the voice continued.
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two friends

Two Friends



Two friends were on the way. As they were moving across the nasty place filled with prostitutes, one of them had a desire to spend a night indulging himself in physical pleasure. The other one was given this idea to which he denied, and told his friend not do so.

They both parted, one going with a prostitute, the other with anger and resentment in his mind, decided to visit a temple and read a holy scripture. Along the way thoughts of comparison and how lowly his friend was dominated his mind.

The first one, as he moved with the prostitute began to have resentment on what he was doing. His mind was engrossed in how great his friend was, who decided to visit the temple and read a spiritual book. He was greatly started t miss that.

The other with the religious book in his hand and siting in the temple, was engrossed in the thought f his lowly friend.

An earthquake struck claiming many lives, both the friends included.The officers from heaven and hell were busy with their work. The first one was taken by the officers of heaven, and could see at distance his friend being ruthlessly driven by the officers from hell.

'There must be some mistake', he said, 'According to what we were doing I deserve to be there and that friend of mine deserves to be graciously led by you to the heaven.'
'We are following the orders, and there is no mistake,' the officer from the heaven said.

The first one demanded and explanation for what had happened in the heaven. 'Your mind was engrossed in how your great your friend was, and was on the temple and sacred text, while your friend's mind was dwelling in how lowly the other was filled with deep resentment.' came the answer.

'Thinking of others as low and self higher is the door to hell.' the voice continued.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Power of Positive Talk


Power of Positive Talk

I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success. One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees, poles, and literally hanging around upside down from the rafters of our lake house. So, it came to no surprise for my dad to find me at the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. My little eight-year-old brain didn't realize the tree could break or I could get hurt. I just thought it was fun to be up so high.
My older cousin, Tammy, was also in the same tree. She was hanging on the first big limb, about ten feet below me. Tammy's mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did. About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I could hear the leaves start to rattle and the tree begin to sway. I remember my dad's voice over the wind yell, "Bart, Hold on tightly." So I did. The next thing I know, I heard Tammy screaming at the top of her lungs, laying flat on the ground. She had fallen out of the tree. I scampered down the tree to safety. My dad later told me why she fell and I did not. Apparently, when Tammy's mother felt the gust of wind, she yelled out, "Tammy, don't fall!" And Tammy did. fall.
My dad then explained to me that the mind has a very difficult time processing a negative image. In fact, people who rely on internal pictures cannot see a negative at all. In order for Tammy to process the command of not falling, her nine-year-old brain had to first imagine falling, then try to tell the brain not to do what it just imagined. Whereas, my eight-year-old brain instantly had an internal image of me hanging on tightly.
This concept is especially useful when you are attempting to break a habit or set a goal. You can't visualize not doing something. The only way to properly visualize not doing something is to actually find a word for what you want to do and visualize that. For example, when I was thirteen years old, I played for my junior high school football team. I tried so hard to be good, but I just couldn't get it together at that age. I remember hearing the words run through my head as I was running out for a pass, "Don't drop it!" Naturally, I dropped the ball.
My coaches were not skilled enough to teach us proper "self-talk." They just thought some kids could catch and others couldn't. I'll never make it pro, but I'm now a pretty good Sunday afternoon football player, because all my internal dialogue is positive and encourages me to win. I wish my dad had coached me playing football instead of just climbing trees. I might have had a longer football career.
Here is a very easy demonstration to teach your kids and your friends the power of a toxic vocabulary. Ask them to hold a pen or pencil. Hand it to them. Now, follow my instructions carefully. Say to them, "Okay, try to drop the pencil." Observe what they do. Most people release their hands and watch the pencil hit the floor. You respond, "You weren't paying attention. I said TRY to drop the pencil. Now please do it again." Most people then pick up the pencil and pretend to be in excruciating pain while their hand tries but fails to drop the pencil.
The point is made.
If you tell your brain you will "give it a try," you are actually telling your brain to fail. I have a "no try" rule in my house and with everyone I interact with. Either people will do it or they won't. Either they will be at the party or they won't. I'm brutal when people attempt to lie to me by using the word try. Do they think I don't know they are really telegraphing to the world they have no intention of doing it but they want me to give them brownie points for pretended effort? You will never hear the words "I'll try" come out of my mouth unless I'm teaching this concept in a seminar. If you "try" and do something, your unconscious mind has permission not to succeed. If I truly can't make a decision I will tell the truth. "Sorry John. I'm not sure if I will be at your party or not. I've got an outstanding commitment. If that falls through, I will be here. Otherwise, I will not. Thanks for the invite." People respect honesty. So remove the word "try" from your vocabulary.
My dad also told me that psychologists claim it takes seventeen positive statements to offset one negative statement. I have no idea if it is true, but the logic holds true. It might take up to seventeen compliments to offset the emotional damage of one harsh criticism. These are concepts that are especially useful when raising children.

Ask yourself how many compliments you give yourself daily versus how many criticisms. Heck, I know you are talking to yourself all day long. We all have internal voices that give us direction. So, are you giving yourself the 17:1 ratio or are you shortchanging yourself with toxic self-talk like, " I'm fat. Nobody will like me. I'll try this diet. I'm not good enough. I'm so stupid. I'm broke, etc. etc."
If our parents can set a lifetime of programming with one wrong statement, imagine the kind of programming you are doing on a daily basis with your own internal dialogue.
Here is a list of Toxic Vocabulary words.
Notice when you or other people use them.
Ø But: Negates any words that are stated before it.Ø Try: Presupposes failure.Ø If: Presupposes that you may not.Ø Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener..Ø Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen.Ø Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen (and implies guilt.)Ø Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn't actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.Ø Can't/Don't: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without knowing the damage of this linguistic error.
Examples:Toxic phrase: "Don't drop the ball!"Likely result: Drops the ballBetter language: "Catch the ball!" Toxic phrase: "You shouldn't watch so much television."Likely result: Watches more television.Better language: "I read too much television makes people stupid. You might find yourself turning that TV off and picking up one of those books more often!"
Exercise: Take a moment to write down all the phrases you use on a daily basis or any Toxic self-talk that you have noticed yourself using. Write these phrases down so you will begin to catch yourself as they occur and change them.



Kindly go through this stories

In Srimad Bhagavatam it is clearly given about the greatness of the Markandeya rishi, who is well known for his pure devotion, austerity and meditation. The stories in Srimad Bhagavatam explains how the great sage saw Nara Narayana and after that how Lord Shiva along with Mother Parvathi came in front of Markendaya Rishi and given boon.When the Pandavas was hiding in the forest and they were nearing to complete Twelfth Year. Lord Krishna came to see them along with satyabhama.
While Lord Krishna and Maharaja Yudhisthira were talking, the great sage, Markandeya, arrived. Lord Krishna, the Pandavas, and all the brahmanas quickly got up from their seats to receive the illustrious rishi, who, even though thousands of years old, appeared to be just like a young man, devoid of any signs of old age. When Markandeya Rishi was comfortably seated, after having been worshiped by the Pandavas, Lord Krishna requested him to narrate some ancient histories that instill in the listener a sense of the moral values of life.
Then, as everyone surrounded Markandeya Rishi, anxiously awaiting his discourses, Narada Muni came there. Everyone got up to worship him, but because Narada understood that Markandeya was about to speak, he encouraged the rishi to go ahead without delay. Thus, everyone sat down once again, being very eager to hear.
Maharaja Yudhisthira started things off by asking, "My dear sage, I am always perplexed when I think about how the wicked sons of Dhritarashtra are prospering, whereas we are suffering, even though we act righteously. Please explain what part God plays in man's happiness and distress, for it seems to me that such results are simply the fruits of one's endeavors. I would also like to understand the concept of karma. Are the reactions to out work enjoyed by us in this life or in the life hereafter? If the reactions are meted out in a future life, then how could there ever be a cessation to the cycle of action and reaction and its resultant birth and death?"
Markandeya Rishi replied, "My dear King, your questions are most praiseworthy, and I shall try to answer them to the best of my ability. In the beginning of creation, Lord Brahma made the bodies of human beings pure and sinless, and thus they were on a par with those of the demigods. These human beings had all of their desires automatically fulfilled, they were able to fly in the sky, and they were completely freed from the demoniac qualities of lust and envy. They lived for many thousands of years, and they all had the power to die at their own will. Because there was so little suffering, fear was practically unknown and thus everyone lived very peacefully and happily. "
"Gradually, however, in the course of time, human beings became overcome by lust and greed, and so they began to depend upon cheating methods for earning their livelihood. Men lost the ability to traverse the airways and thus they had to walk on the surface of the Earth. Because of their sinful acts, men were forced to go to hell and suffer, and in this way, they came to reap the results of their actions. "
"My dear King, at the time of death, only the gross body of the living entity is destroyed. The actions that one performs are all recorded in the subtle mind. Then, after death, when the subtle body carries one to the next gross body, his fruitive acts follow him just like a shadow and then fructify in the next life. However, by the practice of yoga and devotion to the Supreme Lord, the results of one's fruitive actions can be destroyed. In this way, one can become peaceful in mind and freed from all diseases, fear and other material miseries. Indeed, those who have become spiritually advanced, by dint of mature practice of bhakti-yoga, can always envision the relationship between the individual soul and the Supreme Soul, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in any condition of life, even while encased in the mother's womb!"
"O King, human beings can be divided into four classes. Those who work hard to acquire wealth by any means, simply for the purpose of enjoying sense gratification, can feel happiness in this life, but not in the next. Those who engage in austerity and meditation, who subdue their passions, and even sacrifice their bodily strength and health by executing rigid vows, attain happiness in the next life, but not in this one. Those who live piously, accumulating wealth by virtuous means, who live a life of regulated sense enjoyment in marriage, while performing sacrifices and giving in charity, experience happiness in this life and in the next as well. "
"Then, there are those who are distinct from the above-mentioned three classes of persons because they are simply lazy and foolish. Such men cannot enjoy any happiness in this life nor in the next. My dear Yudhisthira, because you are very pious, and are engaged in performing austerities, you will come to enjoy the supreme happiness in due course of time. Of this there is no doubt. "
In response to Maharaja Yudhisthira' s inquiries, Markandeya Rishi spoke at great length, citing numerous historical accounts. Some of this vast narration is given as follows. Markandeya Rishi said, "Let me first of all offer my most respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as Janardana, because He is the soul of all souls. He is the primeval Lord, the cause of all causes, and the master of all the demigods. He alone is the cause of creation, maintenance and annihilation, and thus it is He who is the ultimate shelter of all beings. "
"My dear King, as you very will know, there are four yugas (ages). The duration of the Krita-yuga is 4000 celestial years (one celestial year equals 360 solar years), and at the beginning and the end, the transitional periods each extend for 400 celestial years. Treta-yuga has a duration of 3000 celestial years, and the transitional periods each last 300 celestial years.. The duration of the Dvapara-yuga is 2000 celestial years, and its transitional periods are 200 years each. Kali-yuga lasts for 1000 celestial years, and it has transitional periods of 100 years. Thus, the cycle of four yugas has a duration of 12,000 celestial years, and 1000 such yuga cycles constitutes the daytime of Lord Brahma. "
"O King, please listen as I describe the symptoms of the upcoming Kali-yuga. As time goes on, the brahmanas will take up the work of shudras, and shudras will endeavor to acquire wealth like vaishyas. The brahmanas will give up meditation and the recitation of Vedic hymns while the shudras take up these practices. "
"In the age of Kali, men become very short-lived and weak in terms of physical strength and energy. They have diminutive bodies and they give up even the last remaining religious principle by making their speech devoid of all truth. The world become ruled by Mleccha kings who act no better than plunderers. Then, toward the end of the age, the human population begins to dwindle while animals become oversized and increase in number until they crowd the earth. "
"In this degraded age, children are born stunted and thy are devoid of all good behavior. As a result of sinful life, there is great scarcity and famine, and prostitutes are seen lining the roads. Indeed, women in general become very hostile toward their husbands and devoid of all sense of modesty. Cows yield very little milk, and trees, instead of producing profuse fruit and flowers, become the sitting places for swarms of crows. "
"O King, in the age of Kali, many persons become imitation sadhus simply to facilitate economic improvement, and the ashrams become filled with wretched persons who advocate a life of dependence upon others, like parasites. Rain no longer falls in season, and indeed, the entire Earth begins to take on a sinful aspect. In this degraded age, only sinful persons flourish, and those few that are virtuous remain impoverished. Sinful behavior will become so rampant that it will be a common sight even in public places. Even those with meager wealth will become very proud in this fallen age, due to being intoxicated by their accumulated money. "
"As the Kali-yuga advances, girls will give birth to children at the age of seven or eight, and boys will become fathers by the age of ten or eleven. By the age of sixteen, people will begin to experience the symptoms of old age, and soon thereafter, they will meet with their deaths. "
Markandeya then explained, "During the night of Lord Brahma, the whole universe remains one great expanse of water, and all the living entities, including the demigods, are no longer manifest. O King, I am the only person remaining at that time, and upon seeing the universe devoid of living beings, I become exceedingly depressed. All I can do is wander through the great expanse of water, and because I can find no resting place, I become very tired. "
"Finally, I see a great banyan tree within the water, and upon one of the branches I see a most wonderfully beautiful boy. Having a moon-like face, eyes like lotus petals, the mark of Shrivatsa on His chest, and radiating a dazzling effulgence, the boy is seated upon a heavenly couch. I am highly astonished to think of how this boy could survive the devastation, and in spite of my infallible knowledge that encompasses past, present and future, I cannot understand His identity. "
"The boy then smilingly says, 'O rishi, I can understand that you are exceedingly fatigued. Therefore, you may rest here for as long as you like by entering into My body. I am very pleased with you and so I have designated this as your resting place. ' As the boy continues speaking, I can feel myself swimming in an ocean of bliss, and thus losing my normal sense of identity. "
"The boy then suddenly opens His mouth and I helplessly enter into His body by His supreme will. Finally, upon coming to the boy's stomach, I see the entire Earth situated there, with all of its kingdoms, mountains and rivers, and all of the inhabitants are engaged in performing their duties according to the four social orders. "
"Thereafter, as I wander in the boy's stomach, I see the great oceans and the sky bedecked with sun and moon. I see all the great mountains and I see all kinds of animals, Nagas, Yakshas, Daityas and demigods, and indeed, every kind of moving and nonmoving being. "
"Living only on fruit, I wander about the universe for many hundreds of years, and yet I never find the limit of the boy's body. Finally, when I become very anxious, I begin to surrender to that Supreme Person, admitting that He is the predomi-nator and that I am His eternal subordinate. Just then, a powerful wind projects me out of the boy's body, and thus once again I see Him seated as before on the branch of a banyan tree, dressed in yellow cloth. "
"The boy then smilingly says, 'O rishi, you have dwelt within My body for a long time and thus you have certainly become very tired. Now, to mitigate your material pangs, I will enlighten you with transcendental knowledge. ' As the boy continues to speak, I can feel myself becoming liberated from the illusion of material existence, while at the same time my spiritual vision awakens. In that self-realized condition, I can understand that this boy is the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the source of all emanations, and the master of all worlds, material and spiritual. I thus worship His reddish lotus feet by placing them on my head with great reverence. "
"Then, with folded hands, I say, 'My dear Lord, O origin of all, including myself, please explain about Yourself and Your illusory energy. Why do you remain here as a small boy? How is it that the entire universe was seen by me to be situated within Your transcendental body?"
"The boy replies, 'O rishi, I am the eternal Lord, Narayana, who lies down upon the water of the Garbhodaka Ocean . It is I who am the creator, maintainer and destroyer of everything, and thus the entire cosmic manifestation constitutes My universal form. I become the ingredients of sacrifice, it is I who award the results of sacrifice, and I am the Vedas personified. I am the cause of all causes, and the One who maintains the innumerable living beings while sustaining the cosmic creation. At various times, I incarnate within the universe, to establish religious principles, as well as to protect the demigods and annihilate the great demons who cannot be killed by anyone else. "
"During Brahma's night, I submerge the universe into the water of dissolution for 1000 yuga-cycles. While Brahma thus sleeps, I keep myself in this form as a small boy. Because you had become depressed, after seeing the universe completely inundated with water, I took you within My body, to show you how the three worlds remain conserved there. Now, until the time when Brahma once again awakens, you can stay here and reside peacefully. ' After saying this, the boy suddenly vanishes from that place, and thereafter, in due course of time, I witness the creations of Brahma. "
"My dear Yudhisthira, this same Supreme Personality of Godhead has now appeared as your cousin, Lord Krishna। Therefore, your best course is to always take shelter of Him and depend on Him alone."
PANCHAGNI

One of our friends has asked me to give some details on Panchagini. I have recollected my Guru’s words in this regard and taking into consideration of some references I am giving some details..

The word panchagni denotes five fires. What are they? Are they five types of fires or five shapes of one fire? No. They are five pranas (five vital airs). This is clarified by sage Pippalada to Sauraayani the fourth disciple of Gargi lineage.

Sauraayani once approached the sage Pippalada and asked: "Swami!
When living beings are asleep, who is it that sleeps? Who is it that is awake in that state? Who is it that is oblivious to the mind that is immersed in bliss, forgetting life itself, and is one with that Entity? Please reveal the mystery about these and confer peace of mind on me. When a living being is asleep, what happens to all the qualities of Prana (the Life-Force)? "

Pippalada replied: "Just as when the sun sets, the sun's rays are withdrawn into his Tejas and are effulgent again the next morning, when a man is asleep; all the activities of the sense organs are merged in the mind. Because of this, man is unable to see the external world, is not able to speak or hear, or think. The reason is all the operations of the senses are merged in the mind.

However, in this sleeping state, the Pancha Pranas (Prana, Apaana, Samaana, Vyaana and Udaana---the five vital breaths) are active in the form of Panchaagnis (five internal fire-principles) . In that state, the processes of inhaling and exhaling go on, with the help of the Prana (breath) and the Samaana (vital air).. Hence, what are awake in the sleeping state are the "five fires" corresponding to the Pancha Pranas (five vital airs).

In the sleeping state it is the Jiva (the individual spirit) that enjoys the rest and the bliss of that state. The occurrences in the past and the present, the things seen in the past and now, past and present experiences, all these are experienced by man in the form of dreams. Moreover, the consequences of activities in previous lives, which have become part of his spirit but are not known to him, are also experienced in dreams.

Hence, in the sleeping state, what is experienced relates to the panchabhutas (the five physical elements). It is the Jiva who experiences the calmness and happiness of the sleeping state. In the dream state, he creates all that he experiences, including himself, and enjoys self-created experiences. For all these, the mind is the root cause. The mind is responsible for the experiences in the waking state and in dreams."

The same word is clarified by Bhagavan Sathya Sai in his simple language as under.

“There is an important section in dealing with the Panchagnis, the five fires. There are five kinds of fire-principle, Agni. Udara-Agni, Manga-Agni, Kaama-Agni, Soka-Agni and Badavaa-Agni. Udara-Agni refers to the burning sensation caused by hunger, fire in the stomach. Manda-Agni refers to the burning feeling caused by excessive eating resulting in indigestion. Kaama-Agni is the burning agony in the mind caused by numerous desires and passions. Soka-Agni does not refer only to consuming grief caused by worldly disappointments and losses. It pertains also to the burning sorrow felt by one who is yearning for God, thirsting for experiencing oneness with the Divine”.

Bhagavan Sathya Sai further told “The dreams that are experienced are actually the reactions of the food habits. There is an intricate and inseparable relationship between food, head and God. Food plays a vital role in the spiritual path. When we consume the right kind of food, it helps us in our effort to understand Divinity. As is the food, so is the mind. Only one with pure mind can understand Divinity. In order to cultivate purity of mind, you should partake of pure and Sathwic food. You should consider food as God. It is said, “Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati” (as you think so you become). If you consider food as mere Padartha (matter), it will remain so. Depending on the feeling, it undergoes change. Take for instance, the magnetic power in the body. It gets transformed into electric power. It gives rise to sound energy and develop Tejas (effulgence) . Jewellery shines with added brilliance when it is polished. Likewise every man is endowed with Tejas which is known as Chaitanya Shakti (power of Consciousness) . Consider food as Parartha (God) and not mere Padartha (matter).. Take care that the food that you eat helps you maintain good health. Do not consume stale food. It is like poison”.

So let us maintain taking Sathwic food only।
Kindly go through this small story.

Touching story of a Mother & Son -

My mom only had one eye. I hated her... she was such an embarrassment. My mom ran a small shop at a flea market. She collected little weeds and such to sell... anything for the money we needed she was such an embarrassment. There was this one day during elementary school. I remember that it was field day, and my mom came. I was so embarrassed. How could she do this to me? I threw her a hateful look and ran out. The next day at school..."Your mom only has one eye?!" and they taunted me.

I wished that my mom would just disappear from this world so I said to my mom, "Mom, why don't you have the other eye?! You're only going to make me a laughingstock. Why don't you just die?" My mom did not respond. I guess I felt a little bad, but at the same time, it felt good to think that I had said what I'd wanted to say all this time.

Maybe it was because my mom hadn't punished me, but I didn't think that I had hurt her feelings very badly.

That night...I woke up, and went to the kitchen to get a glass of water. My mom was crying there, so quietly, as if she was afraid that she might wake me. I took a look at her, and then turned away. Because of the thing I had said to her earlier, there was something pinching at me in the corner of my heart. Even so, I hated my mother who was crying out of her one eye. So I told myself that I would grow up and become successful, because I hated my one-eyed mom and our desperate poverty.

Then I studied really hard. I left my mother and came to Seoul and studied, and got accepted in the Seoul University with all the confidence I had. Then, I got married. I bought a house of my own. Then I had kids, too. Now I'm living happily as a successful man. I like it here because it's a place that doesn't remind me of my mom.

This happiness was getting bigger and bigger, when someone unexpected came to see me "What?! Who's this?!"... It was my mother...Still with her one eye. It felt as if the whole sky was falling apart on me. My little girl ran away, scared of my mom's eye.

And I asked her, "Who are you? I don't know you!!!" as if I tried to make that real. I screamed at her "How dare you come to my house and scare my daughter! Get out here now!" And to this, my mother quietly answered, "oh, I'm so sorry. I may have gotten the wrong address," and she disappeared. Thank good ness... she doesn't recognize me. I was quite relieved. I told myself that I wasn't going to care, or think about this for the rest of my life.

Then a wave of relief came upon me... one day, a letter regarding a school reunion came to my house. I lied to my wife saying that I was going on a business trip. After the reunion, I went down to the old shack, that I used to call a house....just out of curiosity there, I found my mother fallen on the cold ground. But I did not shed a single tear. She had a piece of paper in her hand.... it was a letter to me.

She wrote...

My Son,

I think my life has been long enough now… I won't visit Seoul anymore... but would it be too much to ask if I wanted you to come visit me once in a while? I miss you so much. And I was so glad when I heard you were coming for the reunion. But I decided not to go to the school.... for you…. I am sorry that I only have one eye, and I was an embarrassment for you.

You see, when you were very little, you got into an accident, and lost your eye. As a mother, I couldn't stand watching you having to grow up with only one eye... so I gave you mine... I was so proud of my son that was seeing a whole new world for me, in my place, with that eye. I was never upset at you for anything you did. The couple times that you were angry with me. I thought to myself, 'it's because he loves me.' I miss the times when you were still young around me.

I miss you so much. I love you. You mean the world to me. My world shattered! Then I cried for the person who lived for me. My Mother.

Is there any one to replace the MOTHER in this universe!
Dedicated to lalz the inspirator The Strange Infiltrator
A few years after I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.. My parents were complementary instructors: Mum taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger ..... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries, and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the football and cricket. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind. Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet. (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.) Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home ... not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our longtime visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol. But the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. . I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... And NEVER asked to leave. More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. If you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures. His name? We just call him, 'TV.' He has a wife now,
.... We call her, 'Computer'।

THE FOUR BLESSED LOOKS

THE FOUR BLESSED LOOKS Look back and thank God.Look forward and trust God.Look around and serve God. Look within and find God!""I asked God, 'How do I get the best out of life?'God said, 'Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare for the future without fear!'" "Without God, our week is:Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy.Have a wonderful journey of life!

काका हाथरस्सी का हास्य काव्य

Resignation of Lord Yama
by Hasya Kavi Kaka Hathrasi

काका हाथरस्सी का हास्य काव्य

यमराज का इस्तीफा
एक दिनयमदेव ने दे दियाअपना इस्तीफा।मच गया हाहाकारबिगड़ गया सबसंतुलन,करने के लिएस्थिति का आकलन,इन्द्र देव ने देवताओंकी आपात सभाबुलाईऔर फिर यमराजको कॉल लगाई।'डायल किया गयानंबर कृपया जाँच लें'कि आवाज तब सुनाई।नये-नये ऑफ़रदेखकर नम्बर बदलने कीयमराज की इस आदत परइन्द्रदेव को खुन्दक आई,पर मामले की नाजुकताको देखकर,मन की बात उन्होनेमन में ही दबाई।किसी तरह यमराजका नया नंबर मिला,फिर से फोन
लगाया गया तो'तुझसे है मेरा नातापुराना कोई' कामोबाईल नेकॉलर टयून सुनाया।
सुन-सुन कर येसब बोर हो गयेऐसा लगा शायदयमराज जी सो गये।तहकीकात करने परपता लगा,यमदेव पृथ्वीलोकमें रोमिंग पे हैं,शायद इसलिए,नहीं दे रहे हैंहमारी कॉल पे ध्यान,क्योंकि बिल भरनेमें निकल जाती हैउनकी भी जान।अन्त में किसीतरह यमराजहुये इन्द्र के दरबारमें पेश,इन्द्रदेव ने तबपूछा-यमक्या है येइस्तीफे का केस?
यमराज जी तबमुँह खोलेऔर बोले-हे इंद्रदेव।'मल्टीप्लैक्स' मेंजब भी जाता हूँ,'भैंसे' की पार्किंगन होने की वजह सेबिन फिल्म देखे,ही लौट के आता हूँ।
'बरिस्ता' और 'मैकडोन्लड'वाले तो देखते ही देखतेइज्जत उतारदेते हैं औरसबके सामने हीढ़ाबे में जाकरखाने-की सलाहदे देते हैं।मौत के अपनेकाम पर जबपृथ्वीलोक जाता हूँ'भैंसे' पर मुझेदेखकर पृथ्वीवासीभी हँसते हैंऔर कार न होनेके ताने कसते हैं।
भैंसे पर बैठे-बैठेझटके बड़े रहे हैंवायुमार्ग में भीअब ट्रैफिक बढ़ रहे हैं।रफ्तार की इस दुनियाका मैं भैंसे सेकैसे करूँगा पीछा।आप कुछ समझ रहे होया कुछ और दूँ शिक्षा।और तो और, देखोरम्भा के पास है'टोयटा'और उर्वशी को हैआपने 'एसेन्ट' दिया,फिर मेरे साथये अन्याय क्यों किया?
हे इन्द्रदेव।मेरे इस दु:ख कोसमझो औरचार पहिए कीजगहचार पैरों वालादिया है कहकर अब मुझे नबहलाओ,और जल्दी से'मर्सिडीज़' मुझेदिलाओ।वरना मेराइस्तीफाअपने साथही लेकर जाओ।और मौत काये कामअब किसी और सेकरवाओ।


समाधान
एक बूढा व्यक्ति था। उसकी दो बेटियां थीं। उनमें से एक का विवाह एक कुम्हार से हुआ और दूसरी का एक किसान के साथ।
एक बार पिता अपनी दोनों पुत्रियों से मिलने गया। पहली बेटी से हालचाल पूछा तो उसने कहा कि इस बार हमने बहुत परिश्रम किया है और बहुत सामान बनाया है। बस यदि वर्षा न आए तो हमारा कारोबार खूब चलेगा।
बेटी ने पिता से आग्रह किया कि वो भी प्रार्थना करे कि बारिश न हो।
फिर पिता दूसरी बेटी से मिला जिसका पति किसान था। उससे हालचाल पूछा तो उसने कहा कि इस बार बहुत परिश्रम किया है और बहुत फसल उगाई है परन्तु वर्षा नहीं हुई है। यदि अच्छी बरसात हो जाए तो खूब फसल होगी। उसने पिता से आग्रह किया कि वो प्रार्थना करे कि खूब बारिश हो।
एक बेटी का आग्रह था कि पिता वर्षा न होने की प्रार्थना करे और दूसरी का इसके विपरीत कि बरसात न हो। पिता बडी उलझन में पड गया। एक के लिए प्रार्थना करे तो दूसरी का नुक्सान। समाधान क्या हो ?
पिता ने बहुत सोचा और पुनः अपनी पुत्रियों से मिला। उसने बडी बेटी को समझाया कि यदि इस बार वर्षा नहीं हुई तो तुम अपने लाभ का आधा हिस्सा अपनी छोटी बहन को देना। और छोटी बेटी को मिलकर समझाया कि यदि इस बार खूब वर्षा हुई तो तुम अपने लाभ का आधा हिस्सा अपनी बडी बहन को देना।

Valuable stories


The Silversmith
One lady proposed to visit a silversmith and begged the silversmith to tell her about the process of refining silver. After he had fully described it to her, she asked, "But Sir, do you sit while the work of refining is going on?"
"Oh, yes madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."

God sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for us. Our trials do not come at random, and He will not let us be tested beyond what we can endure.

Before she left, the lady asked one final question, "When do you know the process is complete?"

"Why that is quite simple," replied the silversmith. "When I can see my own image in the silver, the refining process is finished."

Touching life story.....A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelopetaped behind the Bible.
It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL.How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Story with a great moral..

Story with a great moral..
This story, will take a little while for you to read but will be worth your time.

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young executives in his company together.
He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO.
I have decided to choose one of you. "The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued." I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.
I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO"
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others , received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story.
She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about Three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds
and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by--still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.
He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were Beautiful--in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure . Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story .
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today.
But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers.
When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation. If you plant faith, you will reap a harvest so, be careful what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap later.

"What you sow, so shall you reap".

We are grass that will wither and die but the incorruptibleseed of Gods Word will live forever - sow it daily into the life of your family!

Have an awesome day!!
Some people, no matter how old they
get, never lose their beauty - they
merely move it from their faces into
their hearts।
The King's Daiva Prarthana

Once upon a time Surasena used to rule Mathura. He once got separated from the rest of his army, when he went to the forest for hunting. At last he reached one small remote village and it was night. Hence he went to a house for shelter. A farmer couple used to live in that house and on seeing the King; they gave atithyam (reception) to him with great affection. May be they were people who really believed that "Atithi devo bhava". Even though they did not know who the King was, they cooked food for him and arranged a very comfortable bed for the King. Seeing their hospitality, the King felt very happy. The next day while leaving their place, the King gave his Raja-mudrika to them and said "please do meet me in case you need something". The farmer couple did not notice that it was a Raja-mudrika and kept it safely somewhere.

Once after many years, there was a great draught and the life of a farmer became miserable. Same was the case with the farmer couple. Not knowing what to do, they remembered the mudrika given by the King and went to him. The guards took them to the King, who was doing puja at that time. They heard the King saying "O Bhagavan! Give me wealth, gold, diamonds etc." Getting Disgust, they left the place. After his puja, King enquired about the farmer couple and ordered his guards to bring them back. Not having another way, the couple came back to the King. The King asked them why they went away without asking for anything. The couple replied "We came for charity from you, turned back on hearing that you were doing the same with God". Knowing the inner meaning in the couple's words, the King spent the entire wealth of his treasury for the benefit of the suffering people and saved them from their difficulties.

Do we go to Himalayas and ask for small pebbles? Similarly Bhagavat-Prathana (prayer to God) must not be done for mere earthly desires.
The importance of Atithi seva is well shown by the farmer couple. They gave reception to the King and did whatever services they could, though they did not know who he was.
WILL POWER MUST 4 BETTERAn old man lived। alone in jaipur He wanted to spade his potato garden, but it was very hard work.His only son, who would have helped him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and mentioned his situation.Dear Son, I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my potato garden this year.I hate to miss doing the garden, because your mother always loved planting time. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot.If you were here, all my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me, if you weren't in prison.Love, Dad.........Shortly, the old man received this telegram:"For Heaven's sake, Dad,don't dig up the garden!! That's where I buried the GUNS!" At 4a.m.the next morning, A dozen CBI agents and local police officers showed up and dug up the entire garden without finding any guns.Confused, the old man wrote another note to his son telling him what happened, and asked him what to do next.His son's reply was: "Go ahead and plant your potatoes, Dad. It's the best I could do for you from here."********- Moral Of the StoryNO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE WORLD,IF YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING DEEP FROM YOUR HEART, YOU CAN DO IT.IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT MATTERS NOT WHERE YOU ARE OR WHERE THE PERSON IS.

Maathru devo bhavah At Kaladi, Aryamba (Mother of Sankaracharya) was very sick and was remembering her son. By telepathy, the Acharya heard her call. He immediately meditated and requested Sri Krishna to appear in front of His mother. His disciples knew something was happening, and kept quiet. " My mother is thinking of me on her death-bed. I have promised her that at the moment of her death I shall be present at her feet. I have to go to my mother without any delay". The Acharya exercised his Yogic powers and reached his mother in Kalady. Aryamba was more or less unconscious. Like all mothers, she was reminiscing her days with her child Sankara. She wished to see him for one last time. She heard her son’s voice and opened her eyes slowly.. What a surprise! She was lying in the lap of her Sankara! “Sticking to my life has not gone waste”, she thought. “I have seen my son, I have felt him also; now I can hear his sweet voice as well”. “Amma, Amma, can you see me? I am your Sankara. I have come all the way to see you, Amma.” “Sankara! How can I not recognize you? You told me that you would come to me during my last days, when I think of you. I can think of you only if I have forgotten you, Sankara! But now, I did not want to disturb you. So I was removing you from my mind! Oh! I am unable to do that, Sankara. Why did you leave all your work and come to me?” Aryamba wanted to say these words, but was not in a position to do so. But Acharya realised what she wanted to say. “Amma, I have also lived the life of what you imagined! I was a King, Amma. For a full month, I was a King! But, I am happier as a Sanyasin. Happiness is inside, and one cannot look for it, outside”. Aryamba was not in a position to listen or understand. As per her wish, Acharya invoked Lord Shiva. The Lord sent his messengers to bring Aryamba to Shiva Loka. But Aryamba was frightened at the sight of the terrible-looking messengers, who were adorned with snakes and tridents. She said, " Sankara! How terrible they look! I will not go with them". Acharya then meditated on Narayana, and the Lord, holding the conch, discuss, mace and lotus in his hands, appeared before Aryamba, Very happy at this sight of her beloved deity, Aryamba blessed her son profusely. By then, the messengers of Sri Vishnu had also appeared there in a beautiful flying chariot. It was as if Aryamba's house had been transformed into Vaikuntha. Then the messengers took her soul up on the flying chariot to Vishnu Loka. Aryamba thus reached the lotus feet of the Lord. The Acharya considered himself blessed at being able to be present near her in her last moment and provide for her salvation by making possible, the sight of her cherished God. There is no God above Mother! .....